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Discover 7 reasons why a monthly meal plan makes meal planning easy and why you should consider creating a monthly meal plan.
How to make meal planning easy with a monthly meal plan
A monthly meal plan is an all-inclusive plan that lays out the foods that you will consume each day for a month – it includes meals and snacks for each day.
I follow a monthly menu plan and I am continuously expanding it to include more foods and healthy recipes. I find it very helpful as it makes meal planning easy.
7 Reasons to follow a monthly meal plan
Discover the reasons why you should consider creating and following a monthly meal plan youself:
1. A monthly menu keeps you on track with your eating plan.
Everybody’s on some kind of diet these days. However, I’m not going to call it a diet because diet has a negative connotation. Moreover, what I am referring to is not just a diet, it’s not a fad, it’s not something that you try for a while, it’s a way of life. So I’m going to call it a lifestyle or an eating plan.
I have sensitivities and intolerances to certain foods. As a result, I’ve had to give up many foods (that are unhealthy anyway) and thus it is very important to watch what I eat. Maybe you can relate?
Keeping a monthly menu helps keep me on track with foods that I can eat and avoid foods that I cannot tolerate.
Monthly menu planning will save you from spontaneous snacking – as long as you don’t wait too long to eat and give yourself enough time to prepare your snacks and meals.
In addition, ideally (if I am able to stay on track) I have a record of what I ate.
2. Monthly meal planning saves you from shopping in the center aisles.
You know how they say you are supposed to shop around the perimeter (and avoid the center aisles)? This is the healthiest way to shop at the grocery store because you will skip all of the processed, boxed food.
Well, I was pleasantly surprised to find when I follow a monthly meal plan, I only shop the perimeter. I was really stoked when I became aware of this. What a great bonus!
3. A monthly menu plan makes meal planning easy.
A monthly meal plan makes meal planning really simple. You won’t have to struggle to come up with a last-minute dinner idea, you won’t be lacking any ingredients for your favorite meal and you’ll have enough time to have it ready by suppertime because you have a plan.
You know what you will have for dinner each night, you bought all the necessary ingredients ahead of time and you know how long it will take to make the meal – you can plan simple, quick meals for busy nights or you could throw something in your slow quicker or instant pot. No problem, you got this!
4. Monthly menu planning makes shopping easy.
Once you have your monthly menu planner ready, you can make a list of foods from your menu and take it with you when you go grocery shopping. There will be no questions as to what you need to buy because you will have your food list prepared.
5. A monthly meal plan helps you discover food intolerances and food sensitivities.
If you create a monthly menu and you stick with it, you will have a record of the foods you ate for the month. This is very helpful for discerning whether you have any food intolerances or food sensitivities. However, you would need to keep track of your symptoms as well. I make it very easy for you to do that with my food and symptom diary.
6. A monthly meal planner saves you money.
You won’t buy extra items at the grocery store that you don’t need (unless you want to); since you made a list, you already know what you need.
Not only that but you won’t be tempted to buy a meal or a snack while you’re out because snacking can be included on your menu and you can bring your snack with you when you go out. You have a plan.
7. A monthly meal plan leads to less waste.
I find when I have a monthly meal plan, I waste less food; and I hate wasting food. There are way too many hungry people in this world to be wasting food.
When you have a monthly menu plan, you can plan what you will do with any leftovers – you can pack them for lunch, you can add them to another meal or you can throw them in the freezer for another time.
If you haven’t tried monthly meal planning, I suggest you give it a whirl. It will save you from becoming frustrated at meal times, it will save you time and money.
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Be happy, stay healthy.